In its first assembly with each outgoing and newly-elected council members, the Graduate Scholar Council (GSC) mentioned funding approvals, up to date new councilors on healthcare reform efforts and voted on a number of bylaw modifications associated to election requirements on Tuesday night time.
Funding requests and healthcare advocacy
The GSC voted on three funding requests, unanimously approving the Stanford Italian Society’s request for funding and tabling the opposite two. One of many tabled requests got here from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, which requested $275 to host a student-faculty lunch.
Some council members expressed discontent with offering funding that will go towards paying for meals eaten by college. “I’m not snug funding something that then funds feeding college, as a result of it’s taking from college students,” mentioned Kristen Jackson, a third-year Ph.D. pupil in training and the GSC’s Variety and Advocacy Chair.
Fourth-year Ph.D. pupil in aeronautics and astronautics and GSC co-chair Jason Anderson argued that some departments obtain much less funding from different sources for occasions, forcing them to request funding from the GSC. Moreover, he pointed in the direction of earlier occasions of an identical nature funded by the GSC. “I’m going to vote sure, as a result of I believe that will be per each different occasion we’ve doing, whether or not or not it’s proper or improper,” he mentioned.
The GSC agreed to debate the funding for the tabled requests at its subsequent assembly after council members obtain extra info.
Anderson up to date new council members on his advocacy piece associated to pupil involvement within the design of Cardinal Care, the College-sponsored medical health insurance choice that has confronted pupil considerations about affordability and high quality of care. Anderson mentioned that he has been working to create a committee in response to those considerations and was lastly ready to take action this yr.
“We needed to combat tooth and nail to have that restarted,” Anderson mentioned. “We’ve had struggles with this on account of unhealthy religion efforts from admin.” He added that, “now we have now discovered that they don’t wish to have this committee due to the SGWU (Scholar Graduate Staff Union) effort.”
For years, graduate college students have engaged in advocacy associated to affordability points, together with excessive prices of housing and healthcare. After accumulating greater than 3,600 signed authorization playing cards by Stanford graduate pupil employees thinking about being represented by the union, the SGWU filed a petition in late April for a unionization vote.
Schell invited council members to hitch a deliberate assembly with Government Director of Vaden Well being Heart James Jacob to debate modifications associated to healthcare. “Healthcare is just not throughout the purview of the union as a result of it impacts all college students, graduate or undergraduate, funded or unfunded,” Schell mentioned. “And this committee represented presently the one alternative to offer suggestions [on Cardinal Care].”
The GSC additionally voted on six proposed joint bylaws modifications, approving 4 unanimously and failing to move a joint invoice to amend the manager election turnover timeline.
The primary proposed bylaw change handed by the GSC was the Joint Bylaws Concerning Election Sanctions, which Lawrence Berg, a fourth-year chemistry Ph.D. pupil and the GSC’s Consultant to the School Senate, described as “not good, however an entire step in the fitting course” in creating up to date election reforms. The invoice will permit the Election Commissioner “some leeway on what to sanctions to use” in response to potential marketing campaign violations.
The bylaw change comes on the heels of a latest case present Election Commissioner Whit Froehlich J.D. ’24 introduced in opposition to Ivy Chen ’26 on allegations of marketing campaign overspending. The case was finally dropped.
In response to Berg, below the position’s present guidelines, the election commissioner is remitted to name for sanctions associated to election insurance policies. Nonetheless, the brand new bylaw modifications suggest various alternatives to enact much less harsh sanctions, Berg mentioned.
Along with bylaw modifications, the GSC unanimously handed payments relating to GSC elected members’ turnover dates, election process guidelines and closed periods procedures. Council members additionally handed a invoice about treasurer procedures in processing funding requests.
In a dialogue marked by disagreement amongst members of the council, the Joint Invoice To Amend the Government Election Turnover Timeline did not move on a 4-5 vote. The invoice, which unanimously handed the Undergraduate Senate (UGS), would finish the time period of the sitting ASSU executives two weeks after the certification of election outcomes for the brand new administration.
Elizabeth Park, third-year chemistry Ph.D. pupil and GSC Secretary, voted no on the invoice.
“Having exec turnover contingent on certification was what we had 20 years in the past, and it was modified for a purpose as a result of UGS frequently tried to not permit exec turnover,” she mentioned.
Froehlich added that any potential investigations into marketing campaign violations would result in “some hassle” as a result of “it’s possible that will take longer than 2 weeks to resolve.”
Earlier than voting, Anderson, who helped create the co-sponsored invoice, mentioned, “this was the most effective I might do, and if it’s voted down, the subsequent GSC does must resolve this concern. I want you all luck in doing that.”